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Lets discuss the twenty attributes of all matter…
An Ayurvedic doctor sees the world as a combination of attributes or qualities. There are twenty in all and they are group as ten pairs of opposites. By understanding the qualities inherent within matter, the physical nature of the matter is known and the interactions between two different forms of matter can be predicted. This knowledge is essential in forming the basis for understanding the nature of a patient, the nature of a disease and the nature of the remedies, the word nature being synonymous with the word attribute. The twenty attributes are the basis of understanding the qualities of the five elements and the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha).
In the human being, these twenty qualities are taken in through the five senses in the form of taste, smell, sound, sight and touch. These qualities then interact with the inherent qualities found within a person. They will either support the individual or overly increase a quality for that individual. Too much or too little of any quality leads to disease. Please note that too much or too little are relative to the unique needs of the individual.
All matter is made up of the five elements. This week I will share with you the different qualities and their application to the elements.